• AMERICAN LAKE – White River National Forest: Maroon Bells/ Snowmass Wilderness
This absolute classic hike winds up from the Castle Creek valley though an aspen forest with a beautiful wildflower-rich understory. Next hikers pop into the primordial spruce/fir forest and out across wide open meadows. The final approach crosses some rock glaciers and ends at the picture perfect American Lake.
6.4 miles round trip (5 - 7 hours) • Trailhead Elevation 9400ft • American Lake 11, 370 ft
• CATHEDRAL LAKE – White River National Forest: Maroon Bells/ Snowmass Wilderness
Hike this favorite Aspen area trail with a naturalist. After a steady climb through aspen forest we cross open avalanche paths thick with floral diversity and amazing views. After some more climbing through the spruce and fir we are greeted by wildflowers that make the final switchbacks a breeze. Ten more minutes and the stunning Cathedral Lake comes into view.
6.4 miles round trip (5 – 7 hours) • Trailhead Elevation 9880ft • American Lake 11, 870 ft
• LOST MAN LOOP – White River National Forest: Maroon Bells/ Snowmass Wilderness
This loop hike is unrivaled in its plant diversity and time spent above 11,000 feet. This is one of the best hikes anywhere. After two miles climbing through the incredible alpine tundra we come upon Independence lake then crest a high pass before descending to Lost Man Lake. The rest of the walk is downhill passing with breathtaking wildflowers and spectacular peaks around us.
8.8 miles round trip (6 – 8 hours) • Trailhead Elevation 11,500ft • High Point 12, 800 ft • End Elevation 10,500 ft
• Guide: all hikes include an experienced ACES naturalists (or more if needed)
• Cost: $40 per hour per naturalist
• Difficulty: strenuous hikes for EXPERIENCED HIKERS
• Reservations: please call Jim Kravitz at ACES to work out the specifics. 970.925.5756
• Photo Hikes: request ACES naturalist and photographer Lindsy Fortier for a naturalist gudied photo hike
• Lunch: have ACES grab a lunch for additional $20 per person
• Transportation: drive to the trailhead yourself or arrange for the ACES naturalist to drive you - we like to carpool!